American metal group Down, fronted by Phil Anselmo, have cancelled their entire European summer tour, including a slot at Download Festival, following the singer’s racism scandal in January.

The former Pantera frontman was seen making a Nazi salute and shouting “white power” during a performance at Dimebash 2016, an annual tribute concert to the late Pantera guitarist, Dimebag Darrell.

After issuing an apology, Down were axed from Forta Rock Festival in the Netherlands and the French government pulled their funding from HellFest after the organisers refused to pull Down from the bill.

Down have now confirmed that their entire European tour this summer has been cancelled. Anselmo said: “My awful mistake has taken a toll on my reputation, and justly so! However I must point out, you damned well know me better than this drunken incident could ever describe. So, my brother, it fucking rips my heart into further pieces to let you know, I don’t think I should do any Euro festivals this year.”

The singer claimed his onstage comments were about the white wine he had been drinking backstage. Since his outburst Anselmo‘s comments have been widely condemned in the metal world, with Machine Head frontman, Robb Flynn, calling Anselmo “a big bully”.

This Down article was written by Daniel Luscombe, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Ben Kendall.

Down cancel European tour following racism scandal